December 2016 Around Town 1

Pi Alpha Omega Chapter Hosts Community Voter Education Forum

Pi Alpha Omega Chapter hosted a community voter education forum in partnership with the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA.   The forum was moderated by Rashan Ali, TV and Radio Host with panelists: Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams, Fulton County Superior Court; Patrise Perkins-Hooker, County Attorney, Fulton County Government and Deirdre Barrett, Barrett Marketing Consulting.  All are members of the chapter. Committed to the theme, Be The Voice, the community was engaged on issues and answers pertaining to the election process, voter education, the electoral college and registration.  The audience was also briefed on four proposed amendments for the state of Georgia by Attorney Michelle Arrington, also a PAO member.  Those amendments included: state intervention for failing schools, safe harbor for sexually exploited children fund, judicial qualifications commission replacement and the dedication of fireworks tax revenue.   Rob Hughes, consultant, expounded on the new Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Referendum.

Members of the forum steering committee were Francine O. Greer, Chapter President and Connection committee members: Caren Cloud, Chermaine Axam-Wilkins,  Josephine Reed-Taylor and Susan Wheeler.

Bert’s Big Adventure’s Fall Reunion Adventure At The College Football Hall of Fame

Nearly 300 Bert’s Big Adventure family members from past trips gathered together for the Fall Reunion Adventure. The festivities took place at the College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, where families were joined by the Bert’s Big Adventure staff and a handful of volunteers for a great evening that would not have been possible without the support of Dentistry for Children and Family Orthodontics.

Guests had the chance to explore the museum, practice their kicking skills on the football field, become a sports broadcaster for the evening and much more. The Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders made a guest appearance to teach the kids some cheers. GG Face Painting provided face painting and consultants from Jam Berry set up a table to glam up everyone’s nails.

Through its exclusive and unique reunion events, Bert’s Big Adventure strives to strengthen its community and friendships, providing families with one-of-a-kind event opportunities to enjoy VIP experiences and intimate family time away from doctors and hospitals. The reunions also give the families a chance to renew and refresh the bonds and friendships that they created with each other during their trip to Walt Disney World.

Tau Epsilon Omega Celebrates 25 Years of Service

The Tau Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated continued the yearlong celebration of its Silver Anniversary by placing time capsules in East Point and College Park, the chapter’s two service areas. The first ceremony began with the chapter placing a time capsule filled with items representing its service programs at the Tracey Wyatt Recreation Complex adjacent to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s first KaBOOM Playground which was installed in July. Next, they placed another time capsule dedicated to the chapter’s operational excellence at the Keep East Point Beautiful Rose Garden. The two time capsules will remain underground until the chapter’s Golden Anniversary in November 2041.

A short program was held at each event which provided an overview of the chapter history, reflections from the chapter’s first President, Veronica L. Ransom and Vice-President Phyllis Blake, along with remarks from city officials (Councilman Tracey Wyatt, Ward III College Park and Frances Kennedy, Director, Keep East Point Beautiful). The event culminated with Tea in the Rose Garden sponsored by Keep East Point Beautiful.

The contents of the capsules included chapter pictures from 1991-2016, a wallet size version of the chapter charter, letters from the current President Ranada Robinson and Vice-President Retina Burton to future chapter members along with flyers and programs from a variety of community service events during 2016.

Madelyn Battle and Ladies in Waiting Ministries International

(LIWMI) presented Ladies in Waiting Ministries International: Celebrating 30 years, which took place at Atlanta Airport Marriott on Saturday, September 24, 2016, and featured television personality Rabbi Jack Zimmerman of Jewish Voice, Psalmist and Author Yolanda Smith, Associate Minister at Bishop Paul S. Morton’s Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church, Senior Pastor and Author Dr. Franklin D. Battle, Sr. of Jesus Christ Ministries, Inc., Antonio F. Hinton, Interpreter of Worship / Mime, Pastor Dale Jennings of Kingdom Hands Church, Mississippi, among other special guests.

Ladies in Waiting Ministries International, Inc. celebrated 30 years of local, national and global ministry on. This 30th Anniversary Celebration was a gala banquet honoring women in ministry and business who are changing lives in their communities. LIWMI hosts various events year round. However, this Annual Anniversary Banquet is particularly special because they celebrated 30 years of service.

LIWMI provides various services to the community, including opportunities for women and girls to attend motivational conferences and retreats they would not normally be able to afford: job preparation and job placement, locating housing and teaching new skills to help make the participants employable or start their own businesses. The women and children they serve also include the abused and handicapped, from all ethnic groups, fostering family values and empowerment, particularly to the neglected and underserved in our community.